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  • ID: I331737
  • Name: Robert Ward JOHNSON
  • RELA: 14th cousin 5x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 JUL 1814 in Scott Co., KY
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas BET 4 MAR 1847 AND 3 MAR 1853
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from Arkansas BET 6 JUL 1853 AND 3 MAR 1861
  • Event: Elected Confederate States Senator from Arkansas BET 18 FEB 1862 AND 10 MAY 1865
  • Death: 26 JUL 1879 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
  • Title: Sen.
  • Event: Pic Sen. Robert Ward Johnson
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    JOHNSON, Robert Ward, (nephew of James Johnson [1774-1826], John Telemachus Johnson and Richard Mentor Johnson, and brother-in-law of Ambrose Sevier), a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born in Scott County, Ky., July 22, 1814; moved with his father to Arkansas in 1821; attended the Choctaw Academy and St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Ky.; studied law and commenced practice in Little Rock, Ark., in 1835; prosecuting attorney for the Little Rock circuit 1840-1842 and State attorney general ex officio; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1853); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852; appointed and subsequently elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Solon Borland; reelected in 1855 and served from July 6, 1853, to March 3, 1861; was not a candidate for reelection in 1860; chairman, Committee on Printing (Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Public Lands (Thirty-sixth Congress), Committee on Military Affairs and Militia (Thirty-sixth Congress); delegate to the Provisional Government of the Confederate States in 1862; member of the Confederate Senate 1862-1865; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate from Arkansas in 1878; died in Little Rock, Ark., July 26, 1879; interment in Mount Holly Cemetery.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Benjamin JOHNSON b: 22 JUL 1784 in Scott Co., KY
    Mother: Matilda WILLIAMS b: 17 OCT 1793 in Scott Co., KY

    Marriage 1 Sarah Frances SMITH b: 1827
    • Married: 10 MAR 1836 in Mississippi
    1. Has No Children Charles C. JOHNSON b: 7 APR 1840 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
    2. Has No Children Benjamin S. JOHNSON b: 29 OCT 1841 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
    3. Has No Children George J. JOHNSON b: ABT 1843 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
    4. Has No Children Robert W. JOHNSON b: 6 MAR 1844 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
    5. Has No Children Francis JOHNSON b: 5 SEP 1847
    6. Has Children Sally Frances JOHNSON b: 12 FEB 1849 in Washington Co., MS

    Marriage 2 Laura SMITH b: 1827
    • Married: 23 SEP 1863 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
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